Who will wear the king's crown?

By Lisa Heller

Arizona Daily Wildcat

The 1995 Homecoming king will be crowned during the annual bonfire at 8 p.m. on the Mall, and will ride in the parade during halftime at tomorrow's football game. Five senior men are awaiting the outcome of the election.

Paul Ballesteros, a molecular and cellular biology major, is from Tucson and was nominated by the Student Alumni Association. He is involved in the Student Alumni Association, Pre-med Peer Advisory, the Blue Key Honorary, the Golden Key Honorary, the Arizona Allegiance Honor Society. He is an interpreter at University Medical Center, a volunteer at the Saint Andrews Crippled Children Clinic in Nogales and plays intramural basketball and softball.

Ballesteros, 21, said he believes that "whoever is elected King and Queen is a reflection of the university. People on the outside can see what the university is like."

Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity, nominated Ryan Bohlander, 22, for the Homecoming Court. He is from Mesa and is double majoring in health and human services and public management. Bohlander is a member of the cross country and track and field teams, Alpha Kappa Psi and the Smith Project Speakers Bureau.

"Homecoming is the most important tradition for the UA," Bohlander said. "It serves to bring everyone together, current and past Wildcats, to enjoy the pride and accomplishments of the school."

Ben Driggs, 23, president of the Associated Students, was nominated by Gamma Phi Beta. He is a double major in Latin American studies and economics. Driggs is also involved in Sigma Chi and was a member of the Bobcat Senior Honorary last year.

Driggs is from Phoenix and believes that Homecoming is very important to the university.

"It's a chance for the alumni and the current students to renew their commitment to the UA," he said.

Chris Holden, nominated by the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, is an interdisciplinary studies major. He is involved in the Cat's Eye television show, Varsity Cheer and the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Holden, 22, of Mesa, believes that Homecoming is a time for students to come back and remember what they did, adding that "it's also a chance for the students that are here now to get involved and the students in junior high to look forward to college."

The Order of Omega, an honorary, and the Chi Omega sorority nominated Buzzi Shindler. Shindler, 21, is from Tucson and is an interdisciplinary studies major. He is involved in the Sigma Chi fraternity, Order of Omega and Blue Key Honorary.

Shindler feels that Homecoming is a time for previous students, alumni and parents to get together and share memories.

"It gives us a historical perspective on what has been done and how it's changed," he said.

The Homecoming king candidates were nominated by campus organizations, and then selected by a 23-member Mortar Board committee. The nominees filled out applications and answered questions in interviews before the five candidates were picked.

"A Homecoming king should be well-rounded," said Stacey Shapiro, a Mortar Board senior honorary representative. "He represents the school, and is involved in various aspects on campus: community service, academics and work experience."

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